1. The panel of judges shall comprise 3 members and chaired by AMPB teacher of instrument in the competition.
2. For the attribution of the Excellence Award, the jury will be constituted by the Educational Direction of AMPB, a member of the former “Tuna Musical Brandoense” and the Artistic Director of Paços de Brandão International Music Festival or the Chairperson of the CiRAC (Círculo de Recreio, Arte e Cultura).
3. The panel of judges reserves the right to interrupt the performance of each candidate, if said panel deems it appropriate.
4. The panel of judges reserves the right not to award any prize.
5. Decisions by the panel of judges shall be final.
6. In exceptional cases where the contestant is a student of one of the members of the panel of judges, such panel member shall be ruled out of that same contestant’s evaluation.
Paulo Barros was born in Paços de Brandão in 1974. He began studying the Flute at the age of seven, becoming a fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
He graduated from ESMAE – School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto with top marks, receiving the Engineer António de Almeida Prize – awarded to the student with the top grade average in his degree.
Paulo won 1st prize in both the Portuguese Musical Youth and the Young Musicians Prize.
He attended various masterclasses and refresher courses, while having studied under Aurèle Nicolet, in Oberwil, Switzerland.
Paulo has been a soloist with countless orchestras, in Chamber Music concerts and Music Festivals, while expanding his international activity to countries and territories such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Spain, Macau, Colombia, Austria, Brazil and South Africa.
He is often invited to orient Master classes and be a panel member at competitions.
Paulo taught at ESMAE – the School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto, at ESART – Castelo Branco’s School of Applied Arts, and at the Portuguese Catholic University’s School of Arts in Porto. He is currently Professor of Flute at the Espinho’s Vocational Music School.
He has several recordings as a soloist, with orchestra, chamber music as well as an orchestra member (EMI Classics, Koch Schwann, Tradisom, Skarbo, Vintage Records and Numérica).
Paulo is currently the flute section leader in the Porto Symphony Orchestra at Casa da Música.
Rita D’Arcangelo studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Pescara with Sandro Carbone, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the International Academy of Music in Milan with Raffaele Trevisani and the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim with Jean-Michel Tanguy.
In Galway’s masterclasse in Weggis (2008), she won the Marc Rich Foundation Scholarship for Artistic Achievement and the 1st prize as selected by popular vote. She has also won the 1st prize of the Rotary Club of Pescara, 2nd prize at the 11th International Flute Competition A. Ponchielli in Cremona (no 1st prize awarded), 1st place in the flute solo section and 2nd prize overall at the International Flute Competition F. Kuhlau in Uelzen and the 1st prize at the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition in New York.
She played first flute in several orchestras, including the orchestral academy of the Orchestra Sinfonica A. Toscanini in Parma, L’Orchestre des Jeunes de l’Union Européenne, the University Orchestra of Milan, Kurpfaelzische Kammer Orchester and the Philharmonie der Nationen.
In 2008, she was selected as principal flautist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra and also served as guest principal flautist in the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.
Between 2011 and 2013, she held the position of principal flute in CEA Filharmonia Gorzowska-Gorzow Orchestra, having also been principal flute with the United Chamber Orchestra and flute soloist in Motion String Orchestra in Berlin.
As a soloist, she has recorded for several German radios and the Vatican Radio. She was soloist in the Baden-Badener Philharmonie, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Festine Orchestra in Slovenia, the Filharmonia Gorzowska and the United Chamber Orchestra in Germany and Japan. In 2016, she was invited as Guest Artist at the Sir James Galway Weggis Flute Festival.
She is guest flute teacher at the Kansai International Music Academy and has given master classes in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malta, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and USA. Currently she is Flute Lecturer at the Department of Music at the State German University BTU, Cottbus.
She was honored for her recordings with the Award of Excellence and with a Gold Medal Award at the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Rita D’Arcangelo is a Nagahara Flutes Artist and plays on a beautiful instrument crafted expressly for her by Kanichi Nagahara.
This guitarist, teacher, composer and researcher graduated from Madrid Royal Conservatory. Master in Interpretation from Rotterdam College of Music and Dance. Ph.D in Music from Aveiro University. He won the prizes “Alírio Diaz” (Seville, 1987) and “Abel Carlevaro” (Madrid, 1990) and was laureate in the I “Ciudad de Badajoz” Competition of “Hispano-Luso” Composition for Classical Guitar (Badajoz, 2006), for his work “Máscaras.”
Author of the books entitled “La Digitación Guitarrística,” “20 Piezas Fáciles para dos y tres guitarras,” “Adestramento técnico para guitarristas,” and “O Sistema Posicional na Guitarra,” and also does works for guitar and chamber music, on top of reviews and fingerings of various composers. His works have been edited by Real Musical Lemoine, Carisch, Diputación de Badajoz, AvA, Labirinto and NEA. Co-author of the first translation to Spanish, published in Portugal, of “Método para Guitarra” by Fernando Sor and of his recent book “Canto para Tocar. Toco para Cantar.” Some of his articles appear in international magazines specialized in music, such as Il Fronimo, Roseta, Revista Portuguesa de Educação Artística and Soundboard.
He recorded a CD, “Aromas de Sefarad,” with the Trio Sefarad; “Por las calles de Maldonado,” with his own compositions for solo guitar and duets with guitar; “Máscaras” and “Musica latinoamericana del siglo XX para guitarra” with sponsorship from FONAM. Besides maintaining an international career as a classical and romantic guitar performer, and teacher in masterclasses, he is frequently invited to integrate a judging panel and to participate in guitar-related conferences. Since 2011, he has been the Artistic and Pedagogical Director of the International Guitar Festival of Maldonado – Uruguay. He is a teacher of the Degree study program in Music – Classical Guitar as well as the Masters study program in Music Education at the Department of Music of Minho University in Braga – Portugal.
He is also Assistant Director of DM – ILCH – UMinho.
JOSE LUIS RODRIGO was born in Madrid in 1942. He began taking guitar lessons from Prof. José María López and later entered the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, where he obtained high marks, for which, in 1961, he received a special award upon completing his studies. In 1962 and 1964 he was awarded First Prize in Harmony and Counterpoint, respectively.
He was granted a scholarship by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thus being able to pursue prestigious International Courses in Santiago de Compostela under Andrés Segovia and José Tomás, and was awarded the Ramirez Prize in 1964. In 1986, he won the Margarita Pastor Prize in a competition held in Orense.
He has made several concert tours nationwide and internationally – his own country, Spain, and foreign countries such as France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Mexico, India…., performing as a soloist with orchestras such as the Spain National Orchestra, Toulouse Symphony Orchestra, etc.
Since 1970, he has been teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he holds the classical guitar professorship.
Fábio Brum was born December 2nd, 1981, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with his career as an international soloist, since 2011 Fábio has worked as a Trumpet Soloist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, he was a trumpet soloist with the Seville (Spain) Royal Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Royal Brass Quintet (Spain).
Fábio is the only Brazilian trumpeter to earn First Prize in an International Trumpet Competition, along with several other awards, including: First Prize in 2009 in the Juan García Marín International Trumpet Competition (Spain); Third Prize in the 2010 Cità di Porcia Trumpet Competition (Italy); “Judge’s Prize” in the 2008 Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Competition (United States); First Prize in the 2003 National Trumpet Competition College Etude Division (United States); among others.
Fábio has performed with many orchestras, including: Orquestra de la Radio Television Española “ORTVE” (Spain); Orchester des Staatstheater Darmstad (Germany); Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (Spain); Orquesta Filarmónica de Las Palmas (Spain), Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazil), Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain), Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil); Orquesta Nacional de España (Spain); Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil), Orquesta Simón Bolivar del Tachira (Venezuela); Orquestra do Theatro Municial do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); among others.
Fábio Brum earned his Degree Diplom-Musiker im Künstlerischen Hauptfach Trompete in 2005 while studying under professor Reinhold Friedrich at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Germany), where he also studied classes under professors Dr.Ph. Edwar H. Tarr, Laura Vokobratovic and Klaus Bräcker over a 2-year span. In 2007 and 2008, Fábio had trumpet classes with Eric Aubier in Paris.
He took part in courses and masterclasses with Reinhold Friedrich, Eric Aubier, Maurice André, Hakan Hardemberger, Guy Touvron, Adolph Herseth, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Gould, Jeans Lindeman, Markus Stockhausen, Edward Carrol, Juanjo Serna Salvador, Carlos Benetó Grau, Oscar Brum, Benjamin Moreno, John Wallace, James Thompson, Michael Sachs, Crispian Steele Perkins, Ian Muirhead, Stacy Blair, John Hagstrom, Tim Morrison, Allen Vizzuti, Vincent DiMartino, among others.
Fábio Brum has the backing of “Stomvi,” the prestigious Spanish musical instrument establishment.
Jorge Almeida was born in Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) 1971. He started playing the trumpet at the age of 11 in the Lobão Musical Band with his father.
In 1987, he won first prize in Portugal’s Young Musician Competition.
In 1993, he became a member of the Portuguese Police Symphony Band. From 1995, he commenced his studies at the National Academy for Orchestral Studies (Lisbon), and studied with Douglas Stephenson, David Burt, Robert Chambers III and Philip Navat. During this time, he was invited to play 2nd trumpet with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, subsequently earning the 1st trumpet position with the same Orchestra.
In 1998, he joined the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra (São Carlos National Theater, Lisbon, Portugal). Along with his orchestral activities, he has developed a reputation as a leading teacher. He is currently trumpet Professor at the University of Aveiro and has held positions with the Espinho Vocational School, at the Jorge Almeida Music Academy, while being recognized as a soloist covering all kinds of musical genres, namely contemporary, jazz, pop and classical music. He has been a soloist with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, the Madeira Classical Orchestra, the Tatuí University (Brazil) Symphony Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Band and the Utopian Orchestra. He is also a member of LUME (Lisbon Underground Musical Group), with which, in 2014, he recorded a CD of original compositions by Marco Barroso.
Regularly invited to music festivals as a guest artist, Jorge Almeida took part in the Brazilian Trumpet Association’s 2nd International Conference with Adam Rapa, Rex Richardson and Gabriel Cassone.
Jorge Almeida has also participated as a panel member in various competitions and festivals in Portugal and Spain (Cordoba, Madrid and Lisbon) and also the Youth Orchestra for the European Capital of Culture (Guimarães, Portugal) in 2012. During this festival, he appeared as a soloist on several occasions.
He also became associated with the “Projeto Amazónia” to mark the celebrations of the Munich Biennial, with concerts in Germany and Brazil.
Jorge Almeida participated as Artistic Director of the Trumpet Mates Gang (with all of his former students on hand) at the 2012 International Trumpet Guilds Conference, in the United States of America.
Jorge Almeida is currently an artist with Vincent Bach and plays with trumpets such as Anniversary Sib (B flat), Chicago in C, and Piccolo Artisan Gold Brass.